Planning Division

I would like to welcome you to the Planning Division's web page.  My name is Michael Boquist and I am the Community Development Director for the City of La Grande.  The Planning Division oversees all Land Use standards that relate to Residential, Commercial and Industrial development within La Grande and its Urban Growth Boundary.  The Planning Division also serves as the support staff for the City Council, Planning Commission and Landmarks Commission.

I hope that you have a positive experience using this web page and are able to find the information you need.  The web page is designed to be an extension of our office and provides many of the same resources that are available at the Planning Division counter.  Please feel free to call or email me with any questions.

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING - DECEMBER 8, 2020

AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE:

6.a. - Conditional Use Permit for an Air BnB; by Fred Bell, 1102 F Avenue

6.b. - Conditional Use Permit for an Air BnB, by Don Lowry, 2001 N. Fir Street

6.c. - Land Development Code Amendments per HB 2001, adding duplexes to all residential zones

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PROPOSED LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE AMENDMENTS (PER HB 2001)

PUBLIC NOTICE - Mailed November 16th & 17th, 2020

The City of La Grande is amending the Land Development Code to address new State Laws required by House Bill 2001, which predominantly focus on affordable housing and allowing duplexes in all residential zones where single-family dwellings are permitted. 

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PROPOSED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT - HOUSING NEEDS ANALYSIS

PUBLIC NOTICE - FALL 2020

The City of La Grande is amending the Goal 10 - Housing Chapter of the Comprehensive Plan Ordinance and adoption a Housing Needs Analysis (ver. June 2019)

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March 27, 2020
Temporary Planning Department Office Closure: COVID-19

In response to Governor Brown’s March 23, 2020, executive order (Executive Order 20-12) and subsequent exentsions, the City of La Grande Planning Department office is closed to the public.  However, the Department remains open for business for the duration of this executive order. We have implemented telework and work-at-home options for all Department employees as needed, and are committed to continuing to serve the public, answer questions and process land use requests. All staff are available via email and phone, but we are meeting with customers by appointment only to receive land use applications and to exchange other necessary materials. Please stay in touch with us and reach out with any questions.

Michael Boquist, Community Development Director

Phone:  541-962-1306

Email:  mboquist@cityoflagrande.org

Kendra VanCleave, Department Secretary

Phone:  541-962-1307

Email:  kvancleave@cityoflagrande.org

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time and we look forward to connecting with you by phone or email.

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Historic Landmarks and Historic Resources
Ordinances & Resolutions
Ordinances & Resolutions
  • Land Development Code
  • Downtown Historic District Standards
  • Comprehensive Plan
  • Annexation Ordinance

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Maps

The Planning Division maintains several maps that are used for managing a variety of land use issues within the City.  Maps available on-line include zoning, flood plain, potential wetlands, historic district, plus others. 

Through the following links, you will be redirected to the Planning Department interactive on-line ArcGIS maps for public use:

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Application Forms For Download
Livestock and Beekeeping Regulations

The City of La Grande has adopted new urban livestock (e.g. chickens) and beekeeping regulations.  A permit is required for eligible properties.  Livestock are only allowed on properties with a single dwelling, which are 10,000 square feet and larger.  Please visit this link for information specific to permit requirements and development standards.

Prior to October 5, 2018, livestock uses were prohibited in the City of La Grande.  Uses that existed prior to this date are not grandfathered and are not a protected right, except in rare circumstance. Please contact the City of La Grande Planning Department for more information.

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October 8, 2015
Marijuana Related Businesses - Banned
Marijuana Related Businesses - Banned

By Ordinance of the City of La Grande City Council, all marijuana related facilities are banned or prohibited from locating and operating within the City of La Grande.  This includes the establishment and operation of new medical marijuana processing sites, medical marijuana dispensaries, recreational marijuana producers, recreational marijuana processors, recreational marijuana wholesalers and recreational marijuana retailers.

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